‘who first named Gandhi as Mahatma’

Ahmedabad: History books say that the title of Mahatma was bestowed on Gandhi by Rabindranath Tagore, but the Gujarat government thinks otherwise, insisting that an “unknown journalist” from Saurashtra actually gave the title.

The matter has now landed before the Gujarat High Court.

Rajkot District Panchayat Sikshan Samiti, which conducted an exam for the post of Talathi in the Revenue department, has cited the work of Narayan Desai, son of Gandhi’s secretary Mahadev Desai, to claim that the title was given to Gandhi by the anonymous scribe from Jetpur town.

Sandhya Maru, one of the candidates who appeared for the exam, has challenged this “right answer key” besides two other answer keys which were part of the question paper before the high court as the exam had negative marking system for wrong answers.

The exam was conducted in six other districts as well.

“In the provisional answer key, the answer to the question on  was Tagore, but in the final answer key the answer got changed to ‘unknown journalist’,” the petition stated.

-more at Zeenews


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